Workforce Readiness Specialist

  • Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Full-time
  • Contract type: National employment contract

Company Description

SNV is a non-profit international development organisation established in the Netherlands in 1965. For over 50 years, SNV has been at the forefront of development, helping to build local capacity and empower local  families and communities to break the cycle of poverty. We are present on the ground in 30 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Middle East and South America and operate in Agriculture & Food Security, Renewable Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. Our 1,200+ advisors in the field come from a variety of cultural and technical backgrounds, and the vast majority are nationals of the countries where we work.


Job Description

. Background:

Feed the Future Tanzania Advancing Youth is a five-year initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The activity’s goal is to increase economic opportunities for rural young people between the ages of 15 and 35. The activity is dedicated to building youth entrepreneurship, leadership, and workforce-readiness skills and empower youth to become leaders in their communities by connecting them to opportunities promoting employment, wellbeing and leadership. The activity will achieve this by:

  1. Increasing entrepreneurship and workforce readiness skills among youth. (Livelihood Component)

  2. Strengthening leadership and positive youth development. (Leadership Component)

  3. Enhancing life skills for healthy living and planning. (Lifeskills Component)

By focusing on a positive youth development (PYD) approach to connect with rural Tanzanian young people and their communities, Advancing Youth empowers youth to reach their potential. Advancing Youth’s PYD methodology focuses on delivering training and mentoring around three “Ls”: Livelihoods, Leadership, and Life Skills.

2. Position Overview:

SNV Tanzania seeks a full-time Workforce Readiness Specialist to help implement the AY program. The Workforce Readiness Specialist reports to the Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development (WFD) Specialist, who oversees the implementation of livelihood component. Under the guidance of the Entrepreneurship and WFD Specialist, the Deputy Chief of Party, and ultimately the Chief of Party, the Workforce Readiness Specialist is responsible for providing guidance to grantees to support youth with appropriate business and life skills trainings, assist with business plan and other specific trainings, mentorship, coaching and matching for young entrepreneurs, facilitate linkages to BDS and finance providers as well as to other value chain actors.


3. Responsibilities:

The Workforce Readiness Specialist’s specific responsibilities will be carried out in consultation and/or collaboration with other team members and stakeholders as needed.  They may change as project needs are defined during the contract period.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to, the following:


  • Engage with potential private sector, employers and other Feed the Future Implementing Partners(IPs) along staple, poutry and horticulture value chains as well as BDS and training service providers, government agencies, and existing youth-led enterprises and cooperatives in Zanzibar

  • Identify businesses and opportunities in Zanzibar that have unmet demand for skilled young employees, and create connections between youths and these market opportunities

  • Assist in the identification of business coach mentors from the private sector and provide linkages between youths and mentors in Zanzibar.

  • Help identify and capacitate Youth Saving and Lending Associations (YSLAs) for skill, workforce, and entrepreneurship development and help foster the creation of new YSLAs to help young people build financial and entrepreneurial capabilities.

  • Help small and medium youth enterprises form partnerships with banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) that are ready and able to support youth businesses

  • Assist in the planning and implementation of youth business start-up weekends, entrepreneurship bootcamps, hackthons and other events as needed.

  • Support Monitoring & Evaluation field activities – data collection, verification for both grantees and Community Mobilizers

  • Tracking progress of the Community Mobilizers (CMs) and reporting their monthly activities

  • Drafting the components weekly updates, monthly and quartery reports.

  • Support the components success stories compilation.

  • Work with grantees to ensure that deliverables are met and activities are operating within standard operating procedures.

  • Collaborate with Leadership and Lifeskills technical teams as well as grantess to intergrate youth within all components


Education Qualifications

  • BSc Agriculural Economics and Agribusiness, Business, Economics, Development Economics, Entrepreneurship, Rural and Regional development planning and other related studies (masters degree preferred)

5. Experience and Skills

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience of working in relevant field (or 3 years plus a masters’ degree)

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience (minimum of 3 years) of Workforce Readiness issues, including:

    • Training and Readiness Skills: This includes identifying market demands, assessing youth skill levels to identify gaps, and designing and tailoring curricula to close gaps.

    • Business Management Skills: This may include advice on general business management, legal issues, supply-chain management, e-commerce take-up and the use of information technology.

    • Basic Financial Management Skills: This may include advice on accounting practices, cash flow, and guidance on available banking and finance products, credit management, and investment analysis.

    • Business Planning Advice: This may include a diagnostic assessment of business plans, followed by business planning advice that meets their needs incorporating things such as business continuity and marketing plans.

    • Mentoring and Networking for Business: This may include one-on-one, group sessions and networking opportunities for unemployed youths, entrepreneurs, or other related enterprises.

    • General Business Advice: This may include providing advice and tailored knowledge to businesses, including recommendations about government programs and regulatory compliance.

    • Entrepreneurship: Knowledgeable about Non-financial Business Development Services (BDS), small business finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, scaling up small ventures, and other related topics.

  • Knowledge and skills in planning, monitoring, training, organising and leading workshops

  • Adequate IT skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office to be able to complete project monitoring and reporting requirements

  • Excellent facilitation and communication skills in multi-stakeholder environment

  • Experience of working with local partners, including government agencies, development partners and civil society organisations

  • Aspiring for good service delivery with strong people centred skills, interpersonal skills, committed, proactive and dynamic.

  • Professional level English and Swahili proficiency, Verbal and Written.

  • Experience working with youth and young entrepreneurs is strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of and prior work experience in Zanzibar highly desired.

Additional Information

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time national position with the successful candidate being contracted on a one-year basis with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a competitive secondary benefit package.

submit your Cover Letter, CV and Salary History on or before 15th February 2019. if you wish to be considered for this position. All information will be in the strictest confidence.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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